Asked on May 12, 2017

Wood trim was painted over with oil and then latex paint. Advice?

C. D. ScallanPatriciaElizabeth Michels Pinizzotto


We want to restore it to its beautiful, natural wood but there is an old layer of oil paint and newer (maybe 5-6 years old) latex paint. Any suggestions for what to use to get down to the wood without damaging it?
3 answers
  • I recommend a wood stripper. There is a "safer" more Earth friendly product called Citristrip that is available at Wal-Mart. Probably much easier than sanding all of it.
  • Patricia
    on May 13, 2017

    I use CitriStrip, but it will more than likely require multiple applications to get all the layers off. I have one project that I used a combination of techniques: CitriStrip, heat gun, and sanding. No matter the method you use it will be messy. But the end result will be beautiful. The photo below is the project in-process. I'll include a link to my project:
  • C. D. Scallan
    on May 22, 2017

    I read recently on this site that Citristrip is much more effective if you wrap the coated items with plastic wrap after the application . I can't find the article just now , but you may want to try that .
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